Weekly Newsletter • July 1, 2022
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Welcome to this week’s issue of the Alameda Post newsletter. Articles this week include Alameda’s reaction to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade, progress reports from major developments around the island, the July Fourth Parade is back after a two-year hiatus, and history about Alameda’s first mass transit system of horse-drawn streetcars in the 1870s.
I am pleased to announce that Gil Michaels is our newest contributor. Many of you know and have enjoyed his slightly-tall tales of his days of yore here in Alameda. We’re glad to share his first piece for us this week, about his experiences with a new kind of sandwich at the Woolworth’s lunch counter at South Shore.
I have been working on a project behind the scenes, and I would like your input. I put together a weather page that features our own information that comes from a weather station in the middle of the island, not the Oakland airport.
The page is still a work in progress and has some rough edges, but it has lots of potential. Drop me a line and let me know what information you’d like to see on the page or would otherwise find useful to know about our local weather conditions.
Alameda’s Innovative Streetcars Walking Tours
Our history walking tours are led by award-winning East Bay historian and Alameda Post Editor Dennis Evanosky. Join us as we trace the paths created by Alameda’s streetcars, which began in 1872 as a horsecar line and blossomed into extensive electric lines in 1893. While these cars were serving Alameda, the Southern Pacific introduced a state-of-the-art system that carried the Big Reds through Alameda and beyond.
Attend all three tours – Advance tickets $40 for all three
Saturday, July 9 – Advance tickets $15. An imaginary ride on two of Meetz's three horsecar lines and a visit to Fassking’s Hotel. Meet at Union Street and Santa Clara Avenue.
Saturday, July 16 – Advance tickets $15. Electricity powers Southern Pacific’s streetcars. Meet at Webster Street and Atlantic Avenue at the parking lot.
Saturday, July 23 – Advance tickets $15. A walk along Fernside Boulevard, a right-of-way that the Southern Pacific Railroad built especially to accommodate the ‘Big Reds.’ Meet at High Street and Encinal Avenue at the fountain.
Tour starts at 10 a.m. and continues until about 12:30 p.m. We will cover a distance of one–three miles, depending on the location. Well-behaved dogs, strollers, and mobility devices welcome. Tickets may be available on the day of the tour, if space permits, for $20 per person at the start of the tour.
Visit our tour information page at AlamedaPost.com/Tours for details of upcoming tours throughout the summer.
Local Leaders React to Roe v. Wade Ruling
Local elected officials released statements opposing the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, revoking abortion rights.
Alamedans Protest the SCOTUS Ruling
About 100 people gathered on the steps of City Hall last Friday at 5 p.m. to demonstrate in support of abortion rights and to protest against the SCOTUS ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and State Controller and Alameda resident Betty Yee spoke (video) to the enthusiastic crowd.
Del Monte, Site A, and Boatworks Progress
Karin K. Jensen reports the major development projects at Del Monte, Site A at Alameda Point, and Boatworks presented updates to the Planning Board on Monday.
Alameda's Original Horsecar Lines
Alameda's first streetcars in 1875 were horsecar lines thanks to Theodore Meetz of the Alameda, Oakland, & Piedmont Railroad. Dennis Evanosky prepares you for July 9’s walking tour.
Photos from our June 25 walking tour
We explored the South Shore and learned about how the Utah Construction Company created an area 5x the size of the shopping center with over a million cubic yards of fill dredged from the San Francisco Bay.
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A Fourth of July Fireworks Fizzle
The first time he tried a taco, it was just before July 4, 1967. The aftermath of going to the South Shore Woolworth's and ordering a “tacko” with heavy mayo — Gil Michaels’ first piece for the Alameda Post.
“It’s A Hot One…like seven inches from the midday sun.”
Mouf doesn’t like the heat either, but manages to investigate a downed tree, take out the recycling, and make a movie cameo. This week’s Bear’s-Eye View with Jeff Cambra.
Advice for the Class of 2022
Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft gave a commencement address to Alameda High School and offers some advice for the Class of 2022.
News Roundup for July 1, 2022
The July Fourth Parade is on Monday, watch where you park! No new Measure B results APD finds a body in the water, Lucky Day Collection, COVID-19 grants, A+ beach report card and AMP smart thermostat sale.
It's lemonade season! Alameda entrepreneurs, Nicholas Desario and Stephen M. Fiszczuk, both aged 9, set up a lemonade stand at Fifth Street and Santa Clara Avenue this week. $1 a glass, and they will be back, so keep an eye out for their stand.
City Councilmember Declares 2022 Candidacy
Current City Councilmember Tony Daysog declared his reelection run in a press release Monday. Another Councilmember, John Knox White, has said he will not run for reelection. Harbor Bay HOA association President Bill Pai has a publicly-available campaign website for the Nov. 8 Election for Alameda City Council.
Memories of Bay Farm Island and the AFD
Retired Alameda firefighter Dave LeMoine grew up on Bay Farm Island in the 40s and 50s, before he joined the Alameda Fire Department in the 60s. He has shared his memories with the Post to serialize. We post new installments every Friday.
The Fireboat is Sinking
I could swear I heard the water say, “You know, there’s not a wave in sight and your boat really needs to be run hard, to blow out the carbon.” More adventures with Dave LeMoine.
Don’t forget to listen to this week’s episode of the Alameda PostCast, which was released this morning. It’s ten minutes of your time well-spent, including interesting details and coverage not on the website. Visit our Podcast page to listen now, otherwise it’s available in all podcast players or by asking your smart speaker to “Play the Alameda Postcast podcast.”
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See you at the Parade on Monday!
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